16.8. Setting a User's Password


You want to set the password for a user.


Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open the ADUC snap-in.

  2. In the left pane, right-click on the domain and select Find.

  3. Select the appropriate domain beside In.

  4. Type the name of the user beside Name and click Find Now.

  5. In the Search Results, right-click on the user and select Reset Password.

  6. Enter and confirm the new password.

  7. Click OK.

Using a command-line interface

This command changes the password for the user specified by <UserDN>. Using * after the -pwd option causes you to be prompted you for the new password. You can replace * with the password you want to set, but it is not a good security practice since other users that are logged into the machine may be able to see it.

> dsmod user <UserDN> -pwd *

Using VBScript

' This code sets the password for a user.
strUserDN = "<UserDN>"   ' e.g., cn=jsmith,cn=Users,dc=rallencorp,dc=com
strNewPasswd = "NewPasword"
' ------ END CONFIGURATION ---------
set objUser = GetObject("LDAP://" & strUserDN)
Wscript.Echo "Password set for " & objUser.Get("cn")


The password for a user is stored in the unicodePwd attribute. You cannot directly modify that attribute, but have to use one of the supported APIs. With the VBScript solution you can use the IADsUser::SetPassword method as shown or IADsUser::ChangePassword. The latter requires the existing password to be known before setting it. This ...

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